We’re so excited to share with you our finished floors today! Replacing almost all of the flooring on our main floor (we opted out of doing our master bath since we’ll be tackling a full renovation in there next year) was daunting beforehand, a lot of work during, but now we’re on the other side of it–6 weeks and 1500 square feet later–we couldn’t be happier we dove in and took the project by the horns.
Upon moving into our house 6 months ago, the main level flooring was split between large orange-brown square tiles and dirty carpet.
At first we were set on tearing it all up and laying hardwood floors, but ultimately we went with faux wood tile (Nordic Brown from The Tile Shop, specifically) for a host of reasons we outlined in this post, but most of all for durability’s sake. Yesterday, as a friend’s little boy threw that heavy wooden ball sitting on the coffee table in the photo above, across the room–we’re so happy we did. No dents. No cracks. Not a scratch! Here’s how almost the same angle looked Saturday morning before we moved our furniture back upstairs:
The wood tile continues into the great room and the adjoining laundry/half bath back there (I forgot to snap a photo of those rooms! Eek!)
And back on the other side of the same level, through the entry, which looked like this when we moved in:
And now–although, it is still bare bones–the bones are much better:
The entry leads into a half bath that we updated in October of last year, that also got the new floors:
As well as the nursery and the master bedroom:
Whew! All in all, just over 1500 square feet. We still have to add baseboards, which will definitely help finish off the whole look. We plan on tackling that in the nursery this week, but the other areas we’ll do as time, energy and funds permit. Even though baseboards should be hanging over our heads, we still find ourselves celebrating the victory of completing such a huge project and more importantly–gawking over our floors multiple times a day. It was a really good choice for us and this home. And they look even better with furniture in place. I hope to have a few updates on that front for you this week. 6 months in and we still don’t have a home tour up? Time to remedy that.
Missed part of the process? Read posts about Choosing between Solid Wood vs. Faux Wood Tile / Pre-prepping and a floor plan / Our decision to not go with heated flooring after all / Demo day 1 / Demoing all that tile / Why particle subfloors are bad / Removing a closet while we’re at it / A first peek at the floors / Laying new subfloor and Hardibacker board and the point of no return / Tips for achieving realistic faux wood tile / Slow and steady tile laying / Tools for making tiling more bearable
Disclaimer: Even though the tile (Nordic Brown) was sent to us by our friends at The Tile Shop, our decision to go with faux wood tile, as well as our selection, was our own. We picked the product because it was what we really wanted and was best for our family and home. Special thanks to The Tile Shop for being so great to work with. We’re absolutely in love with the results–as we hoped we would be.